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What treatments are there for shingles?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Your doctor may suggest that you treat the symptoms of shingles by placing wet compresses on the blistered skin and taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Your doctor can also prescribe antiviral medications, which relieve symptoms and lower the risk for long-term complications. Antiviral medications used to treat shingles include acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famcyclovir. Doctors sometimes prescribe other medications, such as steroids, to help manage the pain and other symptoms of shingles.

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